Since I haven’t made too much headway on the Horses, I thought I’d share what I have been drawing otherwise:
Wet Canvas, a huge online artist community I joined awhile ago, is an amazing resource for anyone interested in things artsy… whether you’re an artist or not. There are many different “channels” covering everything from A-Z, including a forum specifically for Pen and Ink.
Every month, there is a Pen and Ink Project: several images from Wet Canvas’ extensive online reference library (contributed by community members) are chosen by the forum’s guide. These are posted and folks are encouraged to create artwork based on the images to share with the forum members. The main criteria is to use ink somehow in the art you create…oh yes, …and to enjoy yourself!
Much of my ink work is tremendously tight and minutely detailed. I am trying to do some looser, sketchier drawings… but still retain accuracy. Also, it’s been a long, long time since I drew anything except what I could pull from my imagination. In the interim, my observation skills have become a bit rusty. While I’m not yet doing pen drawing “from life”, my ability to render accurately is improving (slowly) as I do smaller drawings from photos.
Here is my first effort, (based on a photo by WC board member Water_girl):
(Of course, I couldn’t resist the fact that there was needlework (lace) in the photo!) 🙂 The image seemed to lend itself to my technique of choice: cross hatching.